FAA Rules about PEDsPosted by on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
I don’t like to fly. It doesn’t make me sick, and I’m not scared of it. The trouble is that it feels too much like being at the DMV (or BMV, as it is called in Indiana). It’s too much government for my taste.
Some people appreciate government involvement and believe the government when they say everything is for your safety. “You are being monitored for your safety.” Since when does being monitored make me safer?
Anyway, airports are full of nonsense machines, gadgets, personnel, and rules to make you safer. Remember the Alec Baldwin story? He was kicked off of a flight for playing Words With Friends. Of course, there are two sides to the story, but none of this would have happened if some of these rules were revisited.
Does being on a cell phone really cause a plane to lose communication and navigation abilities? Sometimes the story is different, but that’s what we’re led to believe — that these devices interfere with the safe operation of the plane. Some people are even arrested for using their “devices.”
Well, there’s good news. The FAA has announced plans to revisit their rules. It’s a governmental panel doing the reviewing, so I’m not sure how sensible they will be in their determinations. I obviously think that people can deal with an hour or two without their phones. That’s not the issue. The issue is that we don’t need to be “controlled” in this manner if there is nothing truly dangerous about the devices. Maybe the FAA will get up to speed with new devices and change their rules soon.
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